Mayor is a musical with a book by Warren Leight and music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Charles Strouse. It is based on the best-selling memoir by former New York City Mayor Ed Koch and depicts a single day in the life of the city's leader.
Real-life personalities who are portrayed in the musical include Cardinal John O'Connor, Bess Myerson, Leona and Harry Helmsley, David Rockefeller, Carol Bellamy, Harrison J. Goldin, John V. Lindsay, Abraham Beame and Sue Simmons.
The off-Broadway production was directed by Jeffrey B. Moss and choreographed by Strouse's wife, Barbara Siman. It opened on May 13, 1985 at the Top of the Gate in Greenwich Village and ran for 185 performances. The cast included Lenny Wolpe as the Mayor and Nancy Giles, Ken Jennings, Ilene Kristen, Douglas Bernstein, Marlon J. Caffey, Keith Curran and Kathryn McAteer in supporting roles.
On October 23, the production moved uptown to the Latin Quarter, where it continued for 70 performances. John Sloman replaced Keith Curran.
Awards and nominations
- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book (nominee)
- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music (nominee)
- Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Kathryn McAteer, nominee)
- Theatre World Award (Nancy Giles, winner)